Poland / 27-06-2012
The phrase ‘I miss you, Jew’ on walls of buildings in Warsaw – antisemisim or art?
Someone drew the inscription ‘I miss you, oh Jew’ on several buildings of centuries-old cultural institutions – reports the newspaper Rzeczpospolita. It is not known if this is an antisemitic-type prank or an artistic provocation. On Wednesday a decision will be made whether to open an investigation on this matter” the central city police commander announced.
The contents of the giant inscription could be seen inter alia on the building of the Wojciech Fibak gallery, where a photo exhibition of old Jewish Warsaw, created by Diti Rav-Ner, wife of the Israeli ambassador, has opened.
The slogan offends Fibak, since “it is connected to antisemitic inscriptions created by hooligan football fans”, whereas the representatives of the Jewish community are of a different opinion. “It is nice that someone misses us” says Michael Schudric, Poland’s rabbi. Michael Sobelman, the spokesman of the Israeli embassy in Warsaw, is also pleased with this act. “I don’t see any irony and anything negative in it.”